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Abahlali baseMarikana Protest in Observatory on 25 May 2013

AbahlaliBase Marikana protest in Observatory
Athenkosi Mvane
26 May 2013

On Saturday, Abahlali Base Marikana went to Observatory to protest over the City of Cape Town’s Open Streets initiative.

Abahlali said the Open Streets will please only a few people whilst having houses built will be a project that will be more beneficial to more people.

Cindy Ketane said that the City supports Open Streetsand sidelines the poor, because the poor are excluded.

The Open Street initiative aims to promote the use of roads for bicycles and roller skate.

Ketane said they were also protesting against the scourge of police taking their material and destroying their houses.

“The same city that is making some people happy is also making people suffer; other people do not know what is happening in Marikana, so they wanted to expose the problem they have with the City of Cape Town” Ketane added.

Click here to see some photographs of this protest.

Marikana comes for surprise protest at “Open Streets”

25 May 2013
Abahlali baseMarikana

Marikana comes for surprise protest at “Open Streets”

Members of Abahlali baseMarikana have come to Observatory in Cape Town
to occupy and participate in a surprise protest at the Open Streets
initiative which is backed up by the City of Cape Town. Open Streets
aims to promote use of roads and public space for people and without
cars. They are encouraging bicycle use, roller skating, etc. But we
think that Open Streets should mean more than that. We think we need
an open city that is open to the poor, that provides the poor with
land and housing. We therefore are coming to disrupt the exclusion of
Open Streets to tell everyone of the Closed City we live in.

The City of Cape Town which supports Open Streets, does not support an
Open City. We the poor are excluded. Our homes are destroyed by the
Anti-Land Invasion Unit, we are evicted from empty public land that is
meant to be shared with us, we are beaten by the police that protect
the rich and we are left without a roof over our heads. Our protest
today is to claim the city. This is why, today, we are moving our
Marikana settlement to the streets of observatory so the privileged
classes participating in Open Streets can see how we are forced to
live by the government that they support

There can only be really open streets if the city is open too.

For comment, contact Sbu @ 0603147788 and Cindy @ 0760866690 and Vusi
@ 0839571102 Or just find us on Lower Main Road in Observatory after

By the time you read this, our homes may have already been demolished

Update: The Anti-Land Invasion Unit and Law Enforcement of the City of Cape Town arrived once again this morning the 17th of May. They destroyed our homes again. As usual, no court order, no checking to see if the homes are occupied and lived in, no mercy. Actions were clearly illegal, immoral and just plain cruel. There have been three arrests. Residents also say that they saw one of the community members being tortured in one of the police Nyalas. Siphiwo – 0836842828, Nosibusiso – 0736128044, Masibu – 0603147788



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“They destroyed homes, not structures”: Protest at Parliament Today

9 May 2013
Abahlali baseMjondolo eMarikana Press Statement

"They destroyed homes, not structures": Protest at Parliament Today

We, as the residents of Marikana, will picket outside Parliament today to show the government that the shacks they destroyed were not unfinished or empty structures, they were our homes that we lived in, that we ate in, that we slept in.


Unathorised March on Parliament – 9 May 2013


We come as Abahlali, as residents of Marikana, and as shackdwellers who are are being oppressed by government. We do not come as supporters of any political party.

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Sleeping in the rain: even snakes treat us with more respect than the City of Cape Town

Abahlali baseMarikana Press Statement
4 May 2013

Sleeping in the rain: even snakes treat us with more respect than the City of Cape Town

As the homeless residents of Marikana, we are here because we do not have anywhere else to go. We are also now jobless which means we cannot afford to pay rent to live in someone's backyard. We always vote for this government but they always treat us like dogs in our own country. The government sends the Anti-Land Invasions Unit, Law Enforcement and SAPS to demolish our houses. They did this on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and again on Friday the 3rd of May.

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